I think we can all agree – the beard is the new black. Hollywood has been embracing facial hair since Ryan Gosling made his debut in the critically acclaimed musical comedy, La La Land. Since then, the beard has been featured on everything from films and TV shows to advertising campaigns and even music videos. Now, more than ever, beards are taking over Hollywood. In fact, according to film research firm Movio, 48% of all moviegoers have beards, compared to 44% who have no facial hair at all. In the wake of this trend, it’s important to keep in mind the various ways in which a bearded man can ruin an otherwise flawless movie night.

The Awkward Situations

Let’s be honest – when faced with a room of people with beards, you’re probably not going to feel at home. Especially if you’re the kind of person who feels more comfortable in places with no facial hair. According to Movio, 73% of bearded men feel the same way. For those who do have facial hair, the stigma against touching it probably makes a room full of people with beards even more awkward. Especially since, as we’ve established, beards are the new black. In short, a room full of men sporting beards probably isn’t the kind of place you want to be in if you’re feeling modest.

The Over-Consumption

When you’ve got a beard, you can pretty much guarantee that somewhere in the world there’s going to be a mug shot of you with a bushy facial hair. This is problematic for anyone with a conscience. After all, a lot of people have beards for a reason – they’re trying to better their lives. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. For example, studies have shown that men with beards are more susceptible to alcohol and drug addiction. Additionally, someone with a beard probably isn’t going to feel as embarrassed about asking for money as much as someone with no facial hair would. This could lead to potential problems down the line.

The Annoying Tastes

Since beards have become so popular, a lot of low-quality products have followed suit. From hair gel that leaves a sticky residue to waxes that melt into a disgusting sludge, there’s a wide variety of unwanted substances that come with beards. This can be problematic if you’re the type of person who enjoys quality time with their food. In addition to this, certain beard products contain irritants that cause skin irritation and even eczema. For those with sensitive skin or who wear gloves a lot, this could be an issue.

The Damage To Your Beauty Products

If you’re the type of person who uses a lot of good quality products to maintain your beauty, you’re going to be frustrated by all the extra steps you have to take now that you’ve got a beard. This includes everything from shingles to hives. While you’re likely to be able to deal with these issues yourself, it’s still a pain to have to. Especially since you’re already taking steps to improve your quality of life. This is why it’s crucial to maintain a routine for those with beards – it keeps the messes to a minimum. From daily shaves to weekly trims, you can bet that someone with a full-grown beard is going to need to make quite a bit of effort to look presentable. So it’s better to do so as soon as possible.

The Unexpected Breaks

Have you ever noticed that when someone with a beard walks into an un-beard friendly environment, everything around them seems to shift to accommodate their new reality? This is presumably because they don’t look like everyone else. Due to this, they’re going to attract a certain amount of attention and perhaps even some criticism. While it’s not necessarily bad criticism, it’s criticism nonetheless. For example, if you go to the movies and sit in the most expensive seats in the house, you’re probably going to attract a bit of attention. Not to mention the person next to you is probably going to feel that your elbows are blocking their view. This is all part of being different and therefore better, right? Unfortunately, it depends on what you want out of life. For some, the increase in attention can be a good thing – they like being the center of attention. However, for those who prefer to keep a low profile, it could be problematic.

In conclusion, beards are fantastic! They’re all the rage in Hollywood right now, which is fantastic for those who wear them. However, since they’re so often associated with failure, addiction, and other negative connotations, it’s important to be aware of the ways in which a beard can ruin your perfect night out at the movies. So if you’ve got one, make sure you keep it well-groomed and clean – that way, you’ll be sure to enjoy your night out and not have any worries about your appearance.